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RIDERS ON RECOVERY: USGS field biologist Nicole LaRoche (above, right) and boat pilot Zach Randell
spend eight or more days a month checking on the otters that live off of the Gaviota Coast and Hollister Ranch and Point Conception. “For otters in California to extend their population numbers,” said LaRoche, “they need to expand their range, and it’s either gonna be north or south.”

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